My Memory-Keeping Story

Today is National Scrapbook Day. It's being celebrated all over the internet, on Instagram, on the blogs, and on manufacturers' websites. If you'd told me a few years ago that I'd be participating in this celebration, I'd have thought you were nuts. I was a graphic designer, not a scrapbooker. To me, scrapbooking wasn't cool or stylish and it definitely wasn't "me."

Until it was.

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our story and my one piece of advice for new moms

I wanted to share a bit more of the story of our first year with Owen, not to elicit sympathy (believe me, I know many people endure far worse stuff than this in the early months of parenting), but to set up the punchline. We dealt with things for which we were totally unprepared this year. And yet, the crazy thing to me is that when Nick and I look back on it, we think "wow, that wasn't so bad."

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finding the time to work from home

Like many of you, my days aren't always my own. So I work in snippets of time - thirty minutes here, two hours there, nights, early mornings, weekends. I squeeze blogging and Instagram-ing and custom design work in the stolen moments while Owen is napping and Ben is at school, or in the rare, but miraculous afternoon hours when both kids are asleep. Or I wait until the dishes are done and the kids are asleep in the evening and rather than hang with Nick, I hole up in my office and work. Can I just say - it's not easy. It's not glamorous. And sometimes it's really overwhelming. 

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